Chapter 1: Neither Do I Condemn Thee
Religiousness has one flavor - whether you are Christian or Hindu or Mohammedan does not make any difference. A religious person is simply religious. He is neither Hindu nor Mohammedan nor Christian. But a moral person is not just moral. Either he is Hindu or Christian or Mohammedan or Buddhist, because morality has to be learnt from the outside. If you are born in a Buddhist country, in a Buddhist society, you will learn the Buddhist morality. If you are born in a Christian world, you will learn the Christian morality. You will learn from others. and you have to learn from others because you don t have your own insight. So morality is borrowed; it is social, it is mob - it comes from the masses.
And from where does it come to the masses? - from tradition. They have heard what is right and what is wrong, and they have carried it down the ages. It is being given from one generation to another. Nobody bothers whether it is a corpse, nobody bothers whether the heart beats still; it goes on being given from one generation to another. It is dull, dead, heavy; it kills joy, it is a killjoy. It kills celebration, it kills laughter, it makes people ugly, it makes people heavy, monotonous, boring. But it has a long tradition.
Another thing to be remembered: religion is always born anew. In Jesus, religion is born again. It is not the same religion that was with Moses. It has not come from Moses. It has no continuity with the past; it is utterly discontinuous with the past.
It arises again and again just like a flower comes on the rosebush. It has nothing to do with the flowers that had come before on the rosebush. It is discontinuous. It comes on its own; it has no past, no history, no biography. For the moment it is there, and for the moment it is so beautifully there, so authentically there. For the moment it is so strong, so alive, and yet so fragile. In the morning sun it was so young.by the evening it will be gone, the petals will start falling down into the earth from which they had come in the first place. And it will not leave any trace behind: if you come the next day, it is no more there. And it has not left any marks; it has simply disappeared. As it has come out of nothingness, so it has gone back to nothingness, to the original source .
Just like that is religion. When it happens in a buddha, it is fresh, young, like a roseflower. Then it disappears, it leaves no traces. Buddha has said “Religion is like a bird flying in the sky, it leaves no foot-marks.” Then it happens in a Moses - it is fresh, young again. then in Jesus - it is fresh and young again. And when it will happen to you, it will not have any continuity, it will not come from somebody else - Christ, Buddha, me; it will not come from anybody else. It will arise in you, it will bloom in you. It will be a flowering of your being, and then it will be gone. You cannot give it to anybody; it is not transferable. It cannot be given, cannot be borrowed; it is not a thing.